Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This is a writing workshop and in that spirit I will emphasize writing this semester. Everyone in the class will workshop two stories. Both stories will be revised according to comments and suggestions made in workshop. Revisions will be handed back to me with the originals at the end of the semester. In addition, you must make comments on each story presented. Comments must be typed and should be between 250-300 words. Make one copy for the writer. You should submit a copy to me via email the day before each workshop. It is critical that you take this seriously and that critiques are well thought out and constructive.
We will strive this semester not only to think about form and structure of the short story, but also to become more conscious of how your writing reflects a worldview that should be closely related to a particular esthetic, what Aristotle called poetics. You should be able to point out craft issues and thematic content and how each deepens and articulates the other.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
You are responsible for Xeroxing your own original short story and having the copies available to hand out in class the week before it is to be workshopped. Do not email stories (although you may post them on our Facebook page). Everyone should get a hard copy.
You will turn in a portfolio at the end of the semester. This will be your collected commentaries on workshopped stories (about 30 in all). I will give you feedback as we go along. Stories are graded on the basis of originality, strength of structure and voice, and the effort I feel has been put forth. Revisions will be graded on the basis of how you have used feedback to improve the stories. Students should make sure to meet with me the week after they present in order to discuss their progress. This is crucial.